devil’s fiddle

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Tadeusz Makowski (b. 1950, Chmielno), devil's fiddle; rec. Jacek Jackowski, Ciechanowiec 2013; ISPAN
Local name: skrzypce diable, ciorcie, diôbli bas, brumbas
Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 32-21-4 Composite chordophones sounded by scraping and beating the string
Maker: Mielewczyk Augustyn
Date: 1960s
Village / Town: Kartuzy
Region: Pomerania (Cassubia)
Country: Poland
Owner: The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw
Inventory number: PME 50879
Description: a metal sheet cubical resonance body is attached to a violin in the shape of an eight cut out from a plank; both the body and the violin are secured to a bar; there are also buzzers and two strings made from a thick wire; a wooden corrugated rod works as a bow to strike the strings and body of the instrument
Decoration: the instrument is painted in colorful motives, mostly geometrical, embellished with ribbons and topped with a cardboard mask reminiscent of a human head shape in a hat
Measurements: height 1640 mm, resonance body 200 x 130 x 100 mm
Materials: wood, metal, cardboard, cloth
Sound compass, tuning: unspecified
Performance practice: a musical tool used to make the so-called musical racket; nowadays used as percussion instrument in folk bands in Kaszuby (Cassubia) and is a symbol of the region’s musical identity
Catalog card by: Teresa Lewińska / Zbigniew J. Przerembski

devil's fiddle; Grzegorz Elak (b. 1964, Czersk); rec. Kielce 1977; Sources of Polish Folk Music

devil's fiddle (PME 50879); rec. Museum of Sound

Chodzony (walking dance); The Band of the Folk Ensemble Pleskota from Chmielno: Tadeusz Makowski (b. 1950, Kartuzy), devil's fiddle, burczybas, Andrzej Lelek (b. 1957, Borucino), accordion, Zenon Socha (b. 1951, Łapalice), accordion, Broisław Gnyba (b. 1934, Borzystowska Huta), clarinet, Kazimierz Grunholz (b. 1948, Wejherowo), devil's fiddle; rec. Chmielno 1997; Sources of Polish Folk Music

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